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Tweetmail No. 148: Mid-June Extravaganza

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

Hello and welcome to a weekly feature on in which I take your Twitter questions about the Carolina Hurricanes or other assorted topics and answer them in mailbag form. Hopefully the final product is insightful to some degree, and maybe we have some fun along the way.

Let's get to it.

Tweet from @LittleEngineSM: Hi Mike! Every year, I hope more & more folks fall in love with the Canes. What would be your elevator pitch for potential fans this season?

Great question! We certainly share similar hopes, wanting to spread the love for this team and this great game of hockey. I've thought about what I would say, seeking to be both succinct and convincing. Here goes …

20 years. 20 years is arguably a generation, a generation that has seen the birth and growth of hockey in North Carolina, and the Carolina Hurricanes are central in that. The Hurricanes brought the first and only professional sports title to the state in 2006, igniting a passion for hockey among wide-eyed kids and their parents from the mountains to the coast. The game today is a beautiful blend of speed and skill, and the Hurricanes are assembling a team that can succeed in that style. The Canes are young and hungry, and a Redvolution is upon us, ready to build on the foundations of success laid in this state. 20 years of hockey, and what's next? Come find out.

Tweet from @K2theArl: How much coverage of the expansion draft can we expect on the @NHLCanes website?

We'll have you covered, as always, with all things Expansion Draft. Here are some key dates to keep in mind in the next week.

  • Saturday, June 17: The deadline for each club to submit its protection list to the league is at 5 p.m. EST.
  • Sunday, June 18: The protection lists will be distributed to each club at 10 a.m. EST (and probably to the public then, as well, or soon after)
  • Wednesday, June 21: Vegas must submit their selections by 10 a.m. EST, and the expansion picks will be announced in conjunction with the NHL Awards at 8 p.m. EST

You'll know all the news - who has been exposed for potential selection and then who has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights - when we know the news, so keep it locked on

Tweet from @presserofOZ85: With this being the team's 20th season since moving to NC, have any events been planned? What about a 20th anniversary logo/patch #Tweetmail

I offered a tiny tease of 20th anniversary plans back in Tweetmail No. 135, and here is what I can offer now: information is coming very, very soon. Like, real soon. So stay tuned for that - I think you'll like what we have in store.

Tweet from @JPanepinto17: Is there a set date that the new sweaters will be revealed? #Tweetmail

(Digging into the archive for this one. Remember, I save all your questions! If I don't get to it one week, I could very well answer it the next, or in this case, a month later.)

If you haven't seen the first official teaser image of the new Adidas sweaters, check it out below.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: The next step in the #Redvolution.6.20.2017 x @adidashockey#FormTheFuture

And the date? June 20, 2017. Soon. We may or may not tease some more between now and then. Maybe.

Tweet from @SoCalCaniac: Mr. Smith, What's the 1st thing you plan to do in Vegas when you arrive there? Always remember..."What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!"

I'm going to try not to lose all of my money. I think that's a good goal. Also, I'm going to find an In-N-Out.

Tweet from @AndrewRDeWitt: Since we're going to Chicago for the NHL Draft. Is hot dog a sandwich or nah?

Absolutely not. A hot dog is a hot dog. Not a sandwich. Don't @ me.

Tweet from @wluper: What content will there be in the hockey dry doldrums of late July / early August? #tweetmail

Well, you can always rely on #Tweetmail, each and every Wednesday, unless I'm on vacation. And, it's open season as far as player movement goes, so you never know what the Canes might do.

Oh, and rumor has it that Mike Maniscalco and I will be jumping behind microphones soon to do a little something that begins with a p and ends in odcasting.


Join me next week for more questions and more answers!

If you have a question you'd like answered or you have some #content you'd like to see on the World Wide Web, you can find me on Twitter at @MSmithCanes or drop an email here.

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